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Asian American Studies

50th year Commemoration of Japanese American Internment

The chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, Chang-Lin Tien, and Jesse Jackson expound upon the Japanese-American internment experience and the need to eradicate such prejudices from our society which spawned the enactment of "Executive order 9066". This forum reviews the internment experience, draws upon the lessons learned by the nation and seeks to promote better racial harmony in the present day. This event took place on February 18, 1992, at Pauley Ballroom, University of California, Berkeley. 103 min. ; vhs

9066 to 9/11

Looks at the World War II-era treatment of Japanese Americans as seen through the contemporary lens of the post-9/11 world. As the U.S. government fights a "war on terrorism" its tactics and policies have caused concern for some Americans of Japanese descent, who were interned in concentration camps during WWII. No new concentration camps have materialized, but mass deportations and detentions, particularly of Arab and Muslim immigrants in America, have forced a comparison of the two experiences, revealing striking similarities.

A Brighter Moon.

Fictional film about the immigrant experiences of two students from Hong Kong living in Toronto. 25 min.

A Grave Matter

Film reviews the struggle by native Hawaiians to recover the remains of their ancestors which have been stored in the Hearst Museum at the University of California, Berkeley. Contrasting opinions of museum officials, archeologists and native Hawaiians are explored. 30 min.

Related web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Full-text review from: ABC-CLIO Video Rating Guide for Libraries

A Personal Matter: Gordon Hirabayashi vs. the United States

Documents the 43 year struggle to overturn the conviction of Gordon Hirabayashi which resulted when he defied internment in a Japanese-American concentration camp during World War II on the grounds that the order violated his Constitutional freedoms. Producer/editor, John de Graaf. 1992. 30 min.

A Village Called Versailles (Lang Versailles (Vec Sai))

A documentary about Versailles, a community in eastern New Orleans first settled by Vietnamese refugees. After Hurricane Katrina, Versailles residents impressively rise to the challenges by returning and rebuilding before most neighborhoods in New Orleans, only to have their homes threatened by a new government-imposed toxic landfill just two miles away. Director, S. Leo Chiang. 2009. 67 min. Awards American Library Association Video Round Table: Notable Videos for Adults
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A.k.a. Don Bonus

This documentary is a self-portrait of a young Cambodian immigrant growing up in America today. Shot by Sokly Ny himself, it shows his struggles to graduate and survive his complicated life during his senior year of high school. Produced by Spencer Nakasako. 55 min.

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Related web sites: Center for Asian American Media catalog description

Abandoned: The Betrayal of America's Immigrants

Looks at the most recent wave of anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States and at the personal impact of new immigration laws, focusing on the severity of current detention and deportation policies. Legal residents find themselves torn away from their American families and sent to countries they barely know while political asylum seekers are kept for years in county jails that profit from their incarceration. Directed by David Belle and Nicholas Wrathall. 2000. 55 min. Online Access through LFLFC.

Affirmative Action Under Fire: When is it Reverse Discrimination?

The account of a reverse discrimination court case over the firing in 1989 of a white teacher in a Piscataway, New Jersey high school because of her race. Shows how this court case became a national battle for affirmative action and how affirmative action preference advocates paid the white teacher $450,000 to drop her case in order to avoid a Supreme Court decision that would potentially invalidate all affirmative action programs in the United States.

After Silence: Civil Rights and the Japanese American Experience

Frank Kitamoto of Bainbridge Island, Washington was among the first of 110,000 west coast Japanese Americans forced to leave their homes during World War II. As Frank relates his three years of internment, students from Bainbridge High School develop archival photographs of his internment experiences. Together, Frank and the students discuss the need to safeguard civil rights. Directors, Lois Shelton, Susan Buster Thomas. 2002. 30 min.
web web sites: Description from Bullfrog Films catalog